- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Robinson; paperback / softback edition (26 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845297334
- ISBN-13: 978-1845297336
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death of a Charming Man (Hamish Macbeth) Paperback – 26 Mar 2009
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As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.
She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.
Beaton's tremendously likable policeman stars here in a tightly wrought tale, with a gem of an ending in which Hamish manages to be both dead right and dead wrong. (Publishing News)
Beaton's low-key police procedural doesn't offer white-knuckle suspense, blood and gore, fast-paced action, or stunning climaxes. What it does offer is an intimate look at life in a small Scottish village, striking insights into human nature, carefully detailed, highly accurate descriptions of police work, splendid dry humor, and a story that's as satisfying as a cozy cup of tea. (Booklist)
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Top Customer Reviews
While Hamish is in Drim, he notices that the village females are all agog over this outsider, Peter Hynd, who just happens to be the best looking man they have ever seen. Peter's move to Drim is simply the most exciting thing ever to happen in that village. Charming, as well as extremely handsome, this lothario has the village men seeing red, while Hamish sees that this is a potential recipe for disaster.
When a dead body turns up and our charming man goes missing, Hamish has some sneaking suspicions. Between trying to figure out what is going on in Drim and what is going on at home with his fiancée, Hamish certainly has his hands full. Unfortunately for Hamish, he is a lot better at figuring out what happened in Drim than what is happening in his own personal life.
This is the tenth book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring lovable Highlander, Hamish Macbeth. In this book, village life once again takes center stage, and the village characters give the book that cozy feel. The recurring characters are further developed, enmeshing the reader into their lives. The book is also laced with sly humor throughout that is engaging, keeping the mood of the book light and highly enjoyable.
As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery. While the mysteries are intriguing, they are the framework around which the characters evolve. With the oddly endearing Hamish Macbeth, the author has created a winner.
Rumours of the new arrival in neighbouring dour Drim seem worth checking out. The "Highland village that time had forgotten" stands between oppressive mountains and a dark loch, the inhabitants reclusive and unforthcoming. Enter incredibly handsome Peter Hynd, the charmer who instantly stirs up passions - ageing ladies all of a flutter, their husbands glowering. Hamish recognizes a recipe for disaster, especially as Hynd ignores advice and seems to enjoy the unrest he is causing. Suddenly he is around no more. Dead? Hamish resolves to find out....
Unfortunately certain aspects of this novel are hard to swallow. It defies belief why Peter Hynd is there in the first place. No stranger to hard manual labour, he is surely far more than just a shallow flirt? Then there are those "Puss in Boots" sequences which seem so tagged on, surely completely unrealistic considering the people involved? (The pantomime itself evolves at a pace to be envied by anybody who has tried to produce one.) On the credit side are the quirky full blooded characters - not least the remarkably self-possessed twelve year old Heather. Truly second sight or a hidden agenda?
Again it helps enormously the focus is so much on Hamish himself. Although this case dominates, he is also active elsewhere - dealing with a wife beater and flooring a burglar caught in the act (the householder promptly to complain about the dent in her frying pan). Overall reaction?Read more ›
I enjoyed this episode in the Hamish Macbeth series. It is, as ever, well written with many humorous incidents and characters. There are some sub plots as well and the book is about half as long again as many of the series. I thought the characters were especially well drawn with some intriguing behaviour and motivations. I particularly liked the little girl, Heather, who first alerted Hamish to the possibility of a death in the village.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoy both Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth books. This one is consistent with the rest of the series, it make an easy and entertaining read. Perfect for light reading.Published 12 days ago by Delphine L
My wife loves this book but she never gets around to writing any of these reviews.Published 6 months ago by Minder